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Bill Thompson Interview

Date: June 30, 1998
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Videographer: Matt Emery
Densho ID: ddr-densho-1000-90
01:01:59
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Nisei male of Japanese and Scottish descent. Born in Hilo, Hawaii, 1924. Volunteered and served in the all Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Headquarter's Company, Second Battalion's Anti-tank Platoon. Returned to Hawaii following the war where he attended the University of Hawaii, and later worked for the municipal government. Active in the 442nd Veterans Club in Hawaii.

This interview provides an account of the narrator's role in the effort to overturn the WWII military court-martial of Shiro Kashino, a serviceman falsely charged with the assault of an MP officer. Despite the fact that he had never met Mr. Kashino, Bill Thompson joined in the effort to reverse Mr. Kashino's court-martial, performing valuable research in the military archives. Later, Thompson was instrumental in the construction of a memorial to the Varsity Victory Volunteers -- Japanese American ROTC students who were among the first to volunteer for the draft during WWII -- on the campus of the University of Hawaii. Also of note in this interview is Mr. Thompson's unique experience as a biracial soldier serving in the 442nd.
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Interview location: Honolulu, Hawaii Becoming involved in the effort to overturn Shiro's Kashino's court-martial Segment 1 of 17 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Honolulu, Hawaii Searching the 442nd Regimental Combat Team archive Segment 2 of 17 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Honolulu, Hawaii Helping a fellow veteran despite concerns expressed by Shiro Kashino Segment 3 of 17 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Honolulu, Hawaii Gathering facts about the incident that triggered Shiro Kashino's wartime court-martial Segment 4 of 17 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Honolulu, Hawaii First step in clearing Shiro Kashino's name: obtaining a statement from the actual offender Segment 5 of 17 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Honolulu, Hawaii Finding a very serious breach of military regulations in the case of Shiro Kashino's wartime court-martial Segment 6 of 17 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Honolulu, Hawaii The first appeal, only a partial victory in trying to overturn Shiro Kashino's wartime court-martial Segment 7 of 17 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Honolulu, Hawaii Obtaining the last piece of the puzzle, the MP officer's statement Segment 8 of 17 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Honolulu, Hawaii Hearing that Shiro Kashino's court-martial had been overturned Segment 9 of 17 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Honolulu, Hawaii Reuniting with Shiro Kashino's family Segment 10 of 17 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Honolulu, Hawaii Family background, growing up in Hilo, Hawaii: "Heaven on earth" Segment 11 of 17 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Honolulu, Hawaii Hawaiian Japanese Americans rush to volunteer for service after the bombing of Pearl Harbor Segment 12 of 17 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Honolulu, Hawaii Relations between the Hawaiian and mainland Nisei soldiers at Camp Shelby, Mississippi Segment 13 of 17 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Honolulu, Hawaii Honoring the Varsity Victory Volunteers, Japanese American ROTC students in Hawaii Segment 14 of 17 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Honolulu, Hawaii Looking back on the Shiro Kashino court-martial case Segment 15 of 17 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Honolulu, Hawaii The spirit of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team Segment 16 of 17 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Honolulu, Hawaii Reflections Segment 17 of 17 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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